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ADA Health Policy Institute Releases Mississippi Report

The ADA Health Policy Institute has released fact sheets for every U.S. state analyzing dental care utilization, supply of dentists, Medicaid participation, reimbursement rates, sealant use and who has access to fluoridated drinking water.

HPI says “The Oral Health Care System: A State-by-State Analysis” is a first-of-its-kind report that dentists and members of the public can access at Each state and the District of Columbia has its own fact sheet with easy-to-read charts, graphics and statistics that compare it to the nation as a whole.

Here are a couple of takeaways from the info – specific to Mississippi:

-The percent of Medicaid enrolled kids who visited a dentist nearly doubled in MS between 2000 and 2013. In 2013, 52% of these children visited a dentist, exceeding the national average of 48% and nearly identical to the dental care utilization rate for children with private dental benefits (53%).  In MS, there is basically no gap in dental care use rates between publically and privately insured children. 

-The sealant rate among Medicaid enrolled children (17%) is above the national average (14%).

-55% of Mississippi dentists participate in Medicaid for child dental care services, above the national average of 42%. This is despite the fact that after adjusting for inflation, Medicaid reimbursement to dentists declined by 10%, inflation adjusted, between 2003 and 2013.

View the HPI Mississippi Report.

View the ADA article.